Collected Early Poems, 1950-1970

ISBN-10: 0393313859

ISBN-13: 9780393313857

Edition: N/A

Authors: Adrienne Rich

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National Book Award finalist Adrienne Rich (An Atlas of the Difficult World) is unequaled among living poets for her success in reclaiming serious poetry from scholars and returning it to the lives of general readers. Collected here for the first time are more than 200 poems: all those in her first six books plus a dozen others.
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List price: $25.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/17/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 16, 1929. In 1951 she graduated from Radcliffe College and was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize by W.H. Auden. She began teaching for City College of New York in 1968, and was also a lecturer and adjunct professor at Swarthmore College and Columbia University School of the Arts. She taught in CUNY's basic writing program during the early 1970s. In the 1970s, she started to be active in the women's liberation movement. Her work has been characterized as confrontational, treating women's role in society, racism, and the Vietnam War. In addition to many collections of poetry, she has also written several books of nonfiction prose, such as Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations, What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics, and Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. Her last poetry collection was entitled Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010. She has won numerous literary awards, including the 1986 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the 1992 Poets' Prize, the 1997 Wallace Stevens Award of the Academy of American Poets, the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and the 2006 National Book Foundation Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She has also received the Bollingen Prize, the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 1974, she refused to receive as an individual the National Book Award for Poetry, instead accepting it on behalf of all silenced women. She also refused the National Medal of Arts in 1997, stating that "I could not accept such an award from President Clinton or this White House because the very meaning of art, as I understand it, is incompatible with the cynical politics of this administration." In 2012, she won the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Poetry Prize. She died from long-term rheumatoid arthritis on March 27, 2012.

Storm Warnings
Aunt Jennifer's Tigers
The Ultimate Act
What Ghosts Can Say
The Kursaal at Interlaken
Purely Local
A View of the Terrace
By No Means Native
Air without Incense
For the Felling of an Elm in the Harvard Yard
A Clock in the Square
Why Else But to Forestall This Hour
This Beast, This Angel
Eastport to Block Island
At a Deathbed in the Year Two Thousand
The Uncle Speaks in the Drawing Room
Five O'Clock, Beacon Hill
From a Chapter on Literature
An Unsaid Word
Mathilde in Normandy
At a Bach Concert
The Rain of Blood
Stepping Backward
A Revivalist in Boston
The Return of the Evening Grosbeaks
The Springboard
A Change of World
Design in Living Colors
Walden 1950
Sunday Evening
The Innocents
"He Remembereth That We Are Dust"
Life and Letters
For the Conjunction of Two Planets
The Prisoners
The House at the Cascades
The Roadway
Pictures by Vuillard
Orient Wheat
Annotation for an Epitaph
Ideal Landscape
The Celebration in the Plaza
The Tourist and the Town
The Insusceptibles
Lucifer in the Train
Recorders in Italy
At Hertford House
The Wild Sky
The Prospect
Epilogue for a Masque of Purcell
Villa Adriana
The Explorers
Landscape of the Star
Letter from the Land of Sinners
Concord River
Living in Sin
Autumn Equinox
The Strayed Village
The Perennial Answer
The Insomniacs
The Snow Queen
Love in the Museum
I Heard a Hermit Speak
A Walk by the Charles
New Year Morning
In Time of Carnival
The Middle-Aged
The Marriage Portion
The Tree
Lovers Are Like Children
When This Clangor in the Brain
A View of Merton College
The Capital
The Platform
Last Song
The Diamond Cutters
At Majority
From Morning-Glory to Petersburg
Rural Reflections
The Knight
I kissed you, bride and lost, and went
Well, you are tougher than I thought
The Absent-Minded Are Always to Blame
Euryclea's Tale
September 21
After a Sentence in "Malte Laurids Brigge"
You, once a belle in Shreveport
Banging the coffee-pot into the sink
A thinking woman sleeps with monsters
Knowing themselves too well in one another
Dulce ridens, dulce loquens
When to her lute Corinna sings
"To have in this uncertain world some stay
"You all die at fifteen," said Diderot
Not that it is done well, but
Passing On
The Raven
Wedged in by earthworks
Let me take you by the hair
Spirit like water
Antinous: The Diaries
Double Monologue
A Woman Mourned by Daughters
The Evil Eye
The Confrontation
The Mirror
The Covenant
To the Airport
The Afterwake
Artificial Intelligence
A Marriage in the 'Sixties
First Things
End of an Era
In the North
The Classmate
Peeling Onions
Ghost of a Chance
The Well
Prospective Immigrants Please Note
The Lag
Always the Same
The Roofwalker
At the Jewish New Year
Moving in Winter
Necessities of Life
In the Woods
The Corpse-Plant
The Trees
Wind rocks the car
They're tearing down, tearing up
We have, as they say
Our words misunderstand us
Dead winter doesn't die
Breakfast in a Bowling Alley in Utica, New York
Open-Air Museum
Sex, as they harshly call it
That "old last act"!
The Parting
The Crib
Her Waking
The Stranger
You are falling asleep and I sit looking at you
Now let's away from prison -
Mourning Picture
"I Am in Danger - Sir - "
An old shoe, an old pot, an old skin
Still, a sweetness hardly earned
Your flag is dried-blood, turkey-comb
Skin of wet leaves on asphalt
Not Like That
The Knot
Any Husband to Any Wife
Side by Side
Thunder is all it is, and yet
Whatever you are that weeps
The power of the dinosaur
A soldier is here, an ancient figure
Over him, over you, a great roof is rising
Moth Hour
Face to Face
The Song of the Foolish Bees
My Brother
Eben Haezer
Our Family
To Judith, Taking Leave
The Parting: II
White Night
Holding Out
Flesh and Blood
In the Evening
Missing the Point
The Demon Lover
Charleston in the 1860's
Night Watch
There Are Such Springlike Nights
The Winter Dream
Summer in the Country
The Demonstration
Night in the Kitchen
5:30 A.M.
The Break
There's a secret boundary hidden in the waving grasses
On the terrace, violins played
The Key
The Book
To Frantz Fanon
On Edges
The Observer
The big star, and that other
Your face
If, says the Dahomeyan devil
Crusaders' wind glinting
The strain of being born
The Rafts
The clouds are electric in this university
The ones who camped on the slopes, below the bare summit
In Central Park we talked of our own cowardice
Did you think I was talking about my life?
Blacked-out on a wagon, part of my life cut out forever -
When they mow the fields, I see the world reformed
Armitage of scrapiron for the radiations of a moon
When your sperm enters me, it is altered
The sapling springs, the milkweed blooms: obsolete Nature
The friend I can trust is the one who will let me have my death
Last night you wrote on the wall: Revolution is poetry
A dead mosquito, flattened against a door
So many minds in search of bodies
The order of the small town on the riverbank
If these are letters, they will have to be misread
From here on, all of us will be living
A piece of thread ripped-out from a fierce design
November 1968
Study of History
My neighbor, a scientist and art-collector, ...
To imagine a time of silence
"People suffer highly in poverty ...
We lie under the sheet
I am composing on the typewriter late at night,...
I Dream I'm the Death of Orpheus
Violently asleep in the old house
One day of equinoctial light after another
A man, a woman, a city
Ideas of order ... Sinner of the Florida keys
Late at night I went walking through your difficult wood
They say, if you can tell, clasped tight under the blanket
There are days when I seem to have nothing
Frost, burning. The city's ill
Pain made her conservative
Suppose you stood facing
On a screen as wide as this, I grope for the titles
Suppose we had time
The island blistered our feet
When I close my eyes
To record
Foreknown. The victor
Hopes sparkle like water in the clean carafe
"I am up at sunrise
Six months back
Time and Place
Our whole Life
Your Letter
Stand Up
The Stelae
That Chinese restaurant was a joke
Knocked down in the canefield
Beardless again, phoning
At the wings of the mirror, peacock plumes
The cabdriver from the Bronx
The Photograph of the Unmade Bed
Language as city:: Wittgenstein
To know the extremes of light
To love, to move perpetually
At the end of Alphaville
Interior monologue of the poet
A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
We were bound on the wheel of an endless conversatIon
Ghazal V (adapted from Mirza Ghalib)
The old blanket. The crumbs of rubbed wool turning up
In my imagination I was the pivot of a fresh beginning
Of simple choice they are the villagers; ...
You are beside me like a wall; ...
Picking the wax to crumbs ...
A woman waking behind grimed blinds...
They come to you with their descriptions of your soul
The mare's skeleton in the clearing: another sign of life
I was looking for a way out of a lifetime's consolations
We are driven to odd attempts; ...
Whatever it was: the grains of the glacier...
The Days: Spring
Tear Gas
Index of Titles and First Lines
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